There’s a lot that goes into a comfortable and well-fitting boot; foot retention, padding, material choice and getting the right size. One of the biggest factors that affect how comfortable a shoe or boot is, is width. A narrow boot can pinch your toes, put unnecessary pressure on the area behind your toes and cause friction. So what women’s boots are made for wide feet?
If you visit brandhousedirect.com.au you will notice under the main women’s category, the “comfort” section. Under this sub-category, you will find a boot section. Generally, all the boots in this section will have a slightly more generous fit, implement supplier, more forgiving materials and feature designs with expandable panels for extra comfort.
Round vs. tapered toe
As you may already know, some designs are more appropriate for people with wider feet. Designs with narrow, elongated toe boxes, unless specifically made for wide feet, will likely be less comfortable than boots with round and shorter toe boxes. Join me as we dive into some secondary school geometry for a second - think of the toe-box as an isosceles triangle, i.e. a triangle with two equal angled sides, with the point at the toe of the boot and the base where your toes bend. The triangle gets wider as you move the point closer to the base - and this is a very simple way to understand why round toe boxes are wider.
Go with a unisex boot
Many men’s boots are built with a bit more width to accommodate their heavier bodies since the more weight a foot has on it, the more it expands on the sides. Boots such as Doc Martens and Timberlands are built a bit more generously width-wise since they are designed for both men and women. If you are looking at a men’s boot, simply subtract one and half size from it to get the equivalent women’s size, or size up slightly for some extra toe-wiggle room!